Happy Groundhog Day!
Well, unlike the movie, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning, so according to him, we will have an early spring. What does he know, he’s only been right 39% of the time since 1887! I shouldn’t be too hard on him, though. He’s as good a meteorologist as any, I suppose!
Well, I know I’m in the minority, but personally, I like winter. In fact, I love winter! Spring is nice, sure, but I just love everything about winter, from Christmas right on through to… well, whenever it decides to end.
Anyhoo, whatever Mr. Phil says, it’s still winter right now. And if you, like much of the country, it seems, are looking outside and seeing something like this:
then what YOU need is chili.
We have chili a lot in my house, in various forms. It makes my husband and 6-year-old very happy. It makes my 4-year-old very angry. In fact, he stormed into the kitchen at dinner time and said, “I HATE chili! Make me some pasta!” As it happens, I already had a pot of macaroni cooking for him, because I always make plain macaroni for the kids when we have chili. But a “Nope, sorry, there is no pasta for rude little boys” prompted an apology, and he happily ate his pasta at dinner.
Turkey Taco Chili
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4-6 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cans kidney beans
- 1 can chili beans
- 2 cans diced tomatoes with chiles (like Rotel)
- 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
- 3-4 TBSP taco seasoning*
- shredded Mexican or cheddar cheese
- sour cream
*I don’t know how many tablespoons are in a packet of taco seasoning, but I’m guessing 1 packet will do. I make my own taco seasoning from this recipe, and I just keep it in a gladware container in the pantry, because you never know when you’ll have a taco emergency.
Brown the turkey with the onion and garlic and drain. Place in slow cooker with the beans, tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Add the taco seasoning and stir well. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours.
And for those of you non-crockpotters (you know who you are!) this can just as easily be done on the stovetop. Or you can just go buy a crockpot, because they’re AWESOME!
I like to top mine with cheese and sour cream.
And, of course, one must always remember to accessorize:
I was going to post this recipe last night, but one of the accessories (I’ll let you figure out which one), made me (and my husband) fall asleep on the couch right after dinner and not wake up until after the kid’s bedtime.
They didn’t mind.
And for dessert:
How cute are these little cakes?
I made these chocolate chip pound cakes using a pan I got for Christmas a few years ago. I don’t use it very often because I’m not very good at decorating them! But it makes these super cute little antique cars:
It isn’t so super cute when it comes time to clean it, though! 😦
Of course I heard no complaints from the critics about dessert. But dinner?
Batman: It’s delicious! A bunch of thumbs up!
Don Corleone: This is really good. If you make this every day, I’m going to need some new pants.
Sarah Crewe: Leaning towards good… I think.
Curious George, who did taste it: I don’t like it. It’s spicy.
I asked Elmo if she liked it, and she nodded and said her new favorite phrase: “There it is!” And she did, in fact, eat every bite.
Now go make some chili!